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U.K. Parliament okays three-person babies

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LONDON, England- In a sign of the times, the United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to introduce laws that allow the creation of babies from three people. Members of parliament voted in favor of conception of babies with DNA from two women and one man. Some say the technique can stop genetic diseases from being passed from mother to child.

U.K. Public Health Minister Jane Ellison says, "This is world leading science within a highly respected regulatory regime and for the many families affected, this is light at the end of a very dark tunnel." Proponents say this is good news for progressive medicine.

Critics say they will continue to fight against the technique they believe raises too many ethical and safety concerns. Dr. David King, the Director of Human Genetics Alert says, "What really worries me is the legal principle that it's okay to manipulate a child's genes in a way that it's passed down generations. That would be a world first today. Britain will be breaking with the international community, and many people outside this country think Britain is being incredibly irresponsible about that."

While members of parliament voted in favor of these laws, a further vote is required in the House of Lords. If that happens, a baby born with the DNA of three people could be born as early as next year, and as many as 150 three-person babies could be born for every year to come.

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